1994 Mazda Protege Reviews - Page 7 of 9

1994 Mazda Protege from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carKia Sephia

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

Feels like the struts may need to be replaced.

Transmission is beginning to slip slightly.

General Comments:

Other than normal routine, we have had no major problems.

Things are just starting to happen, but with over 135k miles it is expected.

It starts up everyday and has great pick-up. The seat belts are uncomfortable in their positioning.

This car is one thing my 1996 Kia Sephia (review posted) wasn't, "RELIABLE".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2002

19th Aug 2003, 19:17

You *do* realize that the Kia Sephia and the Mazda Protege are almost exactly the same cars, right? Exact same engines and transmissions, to start... Although interior may differ slightly (much like how other "twin" cars differ). So it's strange that one is unreliable while the other is... I have a Kia Sephia 1.8L and it's been reliable and dependable. Only had to change brake pads once, and tires once, and regular oil changes: nothing else, but that! It's about 6 years old and still going strong... It's cheaper than a Mazda Protege b/c you pay for the "Mazda" name, although it's basically the same car...

1994 Mazda Protege DX 1.8L SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler LeBaron

Summary:

Good reliable and fun transportation

Faults:

Requires new exhaust every 90000km.

Still on original rear brake drums, but had to replace the front discs once.

Now requires new struts & springs front and rear.

Replaced clutch at about 220000km.

Broke front stabilizer bar twice.

General Comments:

Has proven to be reliable within reason.

Once new suspension is fitted I expect to see 300000km without major problems.

With hindsight I feel I should have replaced the exhaust system with a stainless steel unit and saved $$$ in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2002

1994 Mazda Protege SE 1.8 SOHC from Puerto Rico

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

A high performance, cheap priced, easy upgraded, car

Faults:

The only thing that went wrong with my car was the fuel pump. I changed it two times. The first time was when it has 50,000 miles, and when I went to th dealer to buy it, it was to expensive, so I just buy a replacement. The second time was at 105,000 miles and this time I get replacement, but with a lifetime warranty. The other thing was the crankshaft pulley, it's center rubber breaks and it was causing some electrical problems, but it was replaced and the car is still running like the first day.

General Comments:

I have to admit that this is a car that when it breaks you have to search a lot to get some cheap prices on the parts, but it's a great ride and have a lot of power to play with. To the persons that say that there's no after market parts for this car, I just buy Intrax springs, KYB lowering struts, custom made an intake system with HKS filter, underdrive crankshaft pulley and yesterday I receive an short shifter from B&M. To find this parts you have to go the the online catalogs or go to any performance shops and if they don't have it, hey order it to you. Search well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2002

1994 Mazda Protege DX 1.8L SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8L SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 miles
Most recent distance166000 miles

Summary:

A great buy

Faults:

I have not really had a major problem with this little car. When I first bought it I did a tune up, Plugs, Wires, Distributor cap and Rotor, Battery, and Rotors, and a New C.D. Player. And my circuit breaker used to flip, but I fixed it, the button wouldn't pop back in.

General Comments:

For a 4 cylinder, this car kicks butt, I get great gas mileage, good acceleration and it doesn't struggle to get up to 70 MPH on the interstate, though the seats aren't as comfy as they look I still like this great performer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2002

1st Oct 2002, 02:11

Hello, I have a 1994 protege it runs good, I've had it for two years. I do have one problem that no one can figure out why, that is my temperature gage stays on over heated. But it is a good car for being close to 10 years old.

27th May 2004, 07:33

Temperature gauge... I recently had this problem... well actually I had it for 2 years... You should be careful with this.. the car may actually be running hot, but it shows no signs until it gets really bad... My problem was fixed with a $20 part. There is a coolant temperature switch just above the distributor cap that had dry rotted... I changed the part myself.. (I'm a girl) so that should tell you how easy it is to fix lol. All you need is a good pair of plyers.. the part screws in. Hope this helps... I've had my 94 protege for a little over 3 years and love it... Unfortunately when one thing went wrong everything went wrong lol.. The lower main radiator hose busted, I got that replaced and the sudden onset of fluid pressure blew the water pump... I had to change the thermostat, sensor switch and radiator cap all within one week in order to fix an overheating problem.. thankfully I have an ex-fiance who did most of the work so I only paid for parts, but I've had no problems before or since..

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 33 reviews